LAAC’s 13th Annual Pumpkin Glow Oct. 31

Pumpkin glow! Photo by Bonie Gordon/
LAAC News:
The tradition of celebrating Halloween with lit jack-o-lanterns outside of Fuller Lodge continues 6-9 p.m., Oct. 31.
It will be the 13th year the Los Alamos Arts Council (LAAC) has hosted this free event in the community.
Hundreds of pumpkins featuring a wide of assortment of carvings-from iconic movie characters to toothy jack-o-lantern grins-will be shown. The public is welcomed to bring their carved pumpkins 1-4 p.m., Oct. 31 to the lodge to be included in the display.
The community’s contributions are important for this event and as a result, LAAC is hosting a pumpkin carving party starting at 10 a.m., Oct. 31 at Smith’s Marketplace.
The grocery store is providing a number of free pumpkins, while they last, and the arts council will offer carving tools, patterns and assistance free of charge. All pumpkins carved at the party will be displayed at the Pumpkin Glow. An estimated 2,000 people will view the carved creations.
This event is not just about pumpkins; a masquerade recital hosted by local music students will begin at 3:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge and The Nomads will perform during the Pumpkin Glow. Besides Smith’s Marketplace, the Pumpkin Glow receives support from the Los Alamos MainStreet program.
This event has a long history in Los Alamos but this year’s event will offer several new additions. The Oscar Meyer Wiener mobile will put in an appearance and Los Alamos High School Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) members Melanie Moulton-G. and Victoria Cummins will host a concession stand.
Moulton-G.’s and Cummins’ concession stand serves more than one purpose. While offering Pumpkin Glow participants beverages and baked-goods, the high schoolers are also raising money for their service project, Shining Star.
The project is raising funds to help a single mother pay for Jesse’s, her 5-year-old son, medical expenses. Jesse is diagnosed with leukemia and is in remission. Additionally, Shining Star is working to spread awareness about this cancer.
“The arts council looks forward to seeing all of the different creative and artistic designs each year. People are never disappointed in the displays,” LAAC Executive Director Marlane Hamilton said.
Hamilton said the event’s objective is to enhance cultural activities in Los Alamos for a broad range of the community, to provide a safe Halloween activity and to attract people from outside the greater Los Alamos area.
Crowd views pumpkin artwork in 2014. Photo by Bonnie Gordon/